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Jones Act

Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act of 1920)

Definition

Provides seamen with a negligence remedy for on-the-job injury without having to overcome employer defenses of assumption of the risk or fellow servant liability. Contributory negligence of the employee does not bar recovery, but recovery is reduced by the proportion of negligence attributable to the employee. Employers can obtain coverage under a standard workers compensation policy by purchasing a maritime coverage endorsement.

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